Gwen Cruden has been awarded the Oxford Certificate of Honour by the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Mohammed Abbasi, for her 15 years of voluntary work for CLIC Sargent.
Gwen has volunteered for CLIC Sargent for over 15 years following her son receiving treatment for a brain tumour.
In that period, Gwen has tirelessly given her time to help raise vital funds and awareness for local children and young people who are receiving treatment for cancer in Oxford.
As Gwen was unable to attend the presentation ceremony at Oxford Town Hall, Susi Usiskin, CLIC Sargent Head of Partnership Development, attended on her behalf to collect the award.
The following week, at Gwen’s CLIC Sargent retirement party, Suzi presented the award to Gwen.
An amazing volunteer
Suzi said: "Gwen has been the most amazing volunteer and has given so much to the charity.
"In the early days we worked very closely together and Gwen did our banking - she was meticulous about counting all the money.
"Gwen and Simon (her son) have been inspirational and always there to support all initiatives and projects.
"There was never an ‘ask’ that was too much. We were a real team and Gwen a crucial part of the success of the team.
"Thank you Gwen for giving so much to CLIC Sargent, so much of yourself and always with love and passion for the charity."
Thank you Gwen
CLIC Sargent Regional Fundraising Manager Claire Shovelton, who worked with Gwen for almost six years, said: “When I think of someone who should be recognised for the dedication, effort and enthusiasm they have given to helping others, never asking for anything in return, I always think of Gwen."
A truly remarkable lady whose sense of humour and caring nature will be greatly missed at CLIC Sargent.
Thank you Gwen for everything you have done for CLIC Sargent.